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1620 Views 13 Replies Latest reply: Apr 1, 2008 9:09 AM by Varus RSS
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Mar 7, 2008 8:20 AM
Any way to put some protection on a DVD?

I know that with the right sotware you can copy anything, however some copy protection at least make it more time consuming/difficult.
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  • Niel Level 10 Level 10 (234,820 points)
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    Mar 7, 2008 8:24 AM (in response to Varus)
    DVDs made with iDVD cannot be copy protected in any way, and if DVD Studio Pro is used, you can only set flags that a production house turns into actual protection.

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  • michaelteter Level 1 Level 1 (0 points)
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    Mar 7, 2008 8:42 AM (in response to Varus)
    This doesn't answer your question, but depending on your situation you could use a visual watermark to keep your content from being used without attribution to you.
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  • juddcarlos2003@msn.com Calculating status...
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    Mar 7, 2008 10:25 AM (in response to michaelteter)
    do you mean a watermark on the videos themselves? or on the DVD menu? or do you mean if the watermarks show ONLY after you copy the DVD?
  • michaelteter Level 1 Level 1 (0 points)
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    Mar 7, 2008 10:56 AM (in response to juddcarlos2003@msn.com)
    Watermark on the visible video; it would be on the original and on any copy (unless someone went to the trouble to crop your entire video enough to cut off the corner/bottom where you might put your watermark).

    There's also invisible watermarking, which allows one to essentially "sign" their work invisibly, but where that signature can be detected with the right tools. I'm not aware of non-academic/research tools to do this on consumer videos, but such tools probably exist. Invisible watermarking will inject or otherwise affect the data that makes up the images/frames in such a way that a uniquely identifiable signature can be stored in the video. It won't prevent copy, but it should be strong enough evidence to convince a content provider that the work being shown belongs to you.

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  • Niel Level 10 Level 10 (234,820 points)
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    Mar 7, 2008 8:54 PM (in response to Varus)
    Click here for instructions.

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  • Old Toad Level 10 Level 10 (113,315 points)
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    Mar 8, 2008 3:46 PM (in response to Varus)
    Neil's method only adds a watermark to the menu. If you need to watermark the actual video then you'll need 3rd party applications like Squeeze 4 Watermark or others top mark the video before adding to iDVD. Here's another site about video watermarking: http://www.maccast.com/category/mac-pro/page/2/. Here's another inexpensive application: vSlideshow 1.1.2.

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  • ajgraphix Calculating status...
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    Mar 18, 2008 3:34 PM (in response to Niel)
    Neil, what if I wanted to make my own production house? Then how would I protect DVDs from being copied? Do you know of a place to look for more information about that?
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  • Karsten Schlüter Level 7 Level 7 (29,465 points)
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    Mar 19, 2008 3:06 AM (in response to Varus)
    you can add a nice, transparent watermark by simply using QTpro
    http://karsten.schluter.googlepages.com/watermark
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  • l_elephant Calculating status...
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    Apr 1, 2008 3:57 AM (in response to ajgraphix)
    i'm curious to know if you succeeded in finding an answer to your question ajgraphix?

    Niel mentioned the flags that DVD Studio Pro sets for a production house to use.
    Which then obviates the question; what tools (on a macintosh) do production houses use?

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